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2. Basic System Board Setup > 15. Configure Sound Cards

Configure Sound Cards

Make your sound card sing amidst the variations of limited PC resources by finding and using alternative settings.

Sound cards were among the first optional devices to be added to the old ISA PCs. When Windows 3.x became available, and with gamers demanding a more immersive experience, demand rose for a richer audio environment than the mere beeps and boops offered by the PC speaker. Users needed sound to complete “the experience.” Companies like Creative Labs and MediaVision thrust sound from PCs into users’ ears.

To accomplish this meant borrowing from emerging technologies, creating a few new technologies, and stuffing all of this into what there was of a 16- and then 32-bit PC computing platform.


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